First off, happy 2014, everyone!
I wanted to make a post as a follow-up to my last news bit about taking a short break from comics for a few weeks. There’s been a lot going on in my life recently, like a death in the family, a new job, ten million winter holidays, and then getting sick. I’ve not been feeling well on and off since November, and finally went to a doctor last week and found out I have pneumonia. Oops. I’ve been dealing with that and am starting to feel much better, but just incredibly drained all the time. I had been planning to start posting both Messenger and Follower again this week, but the most I’ve been able to accomplish is sleeping and looking at my DS occasionally and doing other exciting sick activities. It’s really, really frustrating to want to get all these things done and just not have the energy to do them.
So all of that aside, if there is anyone who would like to contribute any kind of guest art/fiction/etc to the site, I would certainly love to share it up on the front page as filler for another week or two while I kick this bug out of my lungs. I will provide credit and links to your own comic/DA/whatever, of course, and will also put your art up on the as-yet-unmade Follower Fan Stuff page for everyone to see for the rest of forever after. You can e-mail anything you’d like to share to me at bug [at] messenger-comic.com, submit it to DA and note me a link, or post it on the forums.
If not, hey, at least here’s an update about what’s going on with the comic! Here’s to a (hopefully) much better and healthier 2014. Thank you for all these years of continued support; just knowing there are readers out there enjoying what I do makes it worthwhile.
It’s week 2 of the CCF Fundraising Drive, and we’ve raised nearly half of our goal of $5000! This year I’ve contributed art of Eldora from Follower’s companion comic, Messenger, looking how she might if Chios had awkward school photos. The Comic Creators for Freedom are a group of webcomic artists who get together every year to create a giant collaborative wallpaper featuring characters from all of our comics, which is given to those who contribute to the fundraiser. All proceeds raised go directly to Love 146 to help stop modern-day slavery, so please consider donating today! This year’s wallpaper features art from 167 different creators, and likely includes many of your favorites.
In other notes, due to a number of things happening in real life, I am taking a few weeks off from both Messenger and Follower. I’d like to put an exact date on when I plan to start updates again, but unfortunately I don’t enough specifics to make that goal. 2013 has been a really rough year for me personally and I just need a break for a little bit while life settles down. I’d like to be back by the end of December/start of January, but we’ll see how it goes. You can follow me on Twitter @radio_chio for news and updates.
Thanks again for all your support, and I’ll be back soon!
It’s been a while since we’ve made a proper news post here, so let’s fix that. Just a few minor items to accompany the update this week:
- Follower will now be updating with larger page images! I am not sure why I haven’t been doing this all along, but since we’re not terribly far into the comic, I’m planning to update the previous pages with larger images, and continue posting pages at the bigger size in the future for the enjoyment of your eyeballs.
- If you use Comic Rocket (and you should, because it’s awesome), you can now add Follower to your lists! Shiny new banner image coming soon.
- The first print issue is coming along nicely. I’ve made a ton of progress in the past week or so, and am planning to send it off for print in the next couple of weeks. I’m not happy about taking so long getting it done, but I’d much rather create a book I can take pride in than just rush and get it done, and taking the extra time has certainly been worth it. I can’t wait to see how most of these pages will look in print.
- Delade has been working along on scripts, and we’ve got the fourth chapter nearly completed. Which probably won’t be available until uh. Sometime next year. Point is, we have a story to tell and we’re planning it to death. So send Delade a word of encouragement so we can get the thing roughed out. (Fun fact: the entire story is divided into about three major arcs, the first of which is five chapters long.)
That’s all I’ve got for now, so thanks for reading and stop by next week for more! If you can’t wait, there’s more stories from the same universe over on Messenger. Just with more watercolor.